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Overview

Introduction to Branford, Connecticut

Branford, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 6 miles E of New Haven, Connecticut and 71 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the New Haven - Meriden metropolitan area.

Branford History

The Mattabesech Indians were the first inhabitants of this area. The first European settlers in New Haven bought land from the Native Americans in 1638. This area, which later became known as Branford, was known as 'Totoket' at that time. A trading post was set up here by the Dutch in the 1600s. The community is said to have been named after the town of Brentford, England. The town of Branford was established in 1644. The salt produced here was used to preserve meat for the Revolutionary army and Branford became a popular resort area in the mid-19th century. Yale University was founded in the town of Branford.

Branford and nearby Attractions

  • Harrison House
  • Connecticut Trolley Museum
  • Saltonstall Lake
  • Twin Lakes Golf Course
  • Connecticut State Boat Launching Area
  • Hotchkiss Grove Beach

Things To Do In Branford

The town of Branford offers visitors the chance to indulge in a variety of recreational activities. One can visit the historic sites and museums like the Harrison House and the Connecticut Trolley Museum. The Connecticut State Boat Launching Area and the Twin Lakes Golf Course are very popular tourist spots. The town’s Hotchkiss Grove Beach, Short Beach and Hotchkiss Cove Beach are ideal for those who enjoy the spending a day in the sand. In addition, the Branford Festival is hosted in the town every June.

Branford Transportation

New Haven Airport provides air transportation to Branford.

Branford Higher Education

Branford Hall Career Institute, the Connecticut School of Electronics and Shoreline School of Art and Music are the local institutes offering courses in higher studies.

Demographics

People

Total Population28,084
Male Share of the Population46.8%
Female Share of the Population53.2%
Senior Citizens21.2%
Employed Population 16+15,065
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married48.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.2%
Median Earnings25+$51,042
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,900
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,953

Wealth

Median Family Income$93,369
% Above Poverty Level94%
% Below Poverty Level6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone35.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,202
Median House Value$293,600

Ancestry

Italian30.6%
Irish25.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13%
English11.4%
German9.5%
Polish7.5%
French Except Basque4.5%
Swedish2.8%
Scottish2.5%
Russian2.2%
Canadian2.2%
Hungarian1.3%
Lithuanian1.2%
Slovak0.9%
Arab0.7%
Iranian0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
Greek0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Welsh0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Turkish0.4%
Albanian0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Icelander0.2%
Macedonian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
US/American0.1%
African0.1%
Australian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
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Branford Almanac

CategoryValue
County New Haven County
Standard Zip Codes6405
Phone Area Codes203
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.28
Approximate Longitude-72.81

Branford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationMOUNT CARMEL
Distance9.4 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.7 inches
StationMIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp20 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.3 inches
StationGREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance26.5 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 55 F
Jul Temp66 to 80 F
Oct Temp48 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches

Branford Public Libraries

James Blackstone Memorial Library
758 MAIN ST.
Branford, Connecticut
(203) 488-1441

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Branford Public Schools

Branford High School
185 East Main St
(203) 488-7291
High
Total Enrollment 1064
Francis Walsh Intermediate School
185 Damascus Rd
(203) 488-8317
Middle
Total Enrollment 1020
Mary T. Murphy School
14 Brushy Plain Rd
(203) 483-1832
Primary
Total Enrollment 439
Mary R. Tisko School
118 Damascus Rd
(203) 483-1826
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Indian Neck School
12 Melrose Ave
(203) 315-3540
Primary
Total Enrollment 46
John B. Sliney School
23 Eades St
(203) 481-5386
Primary
Total Enrollment 365

Branford Private Schools

Shoreline School Of Montessori
675 E Main St1
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
St Mary School
62 Cedar St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 75
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